Fire officials investigating Danville's massive house fire; family speaks out
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCCU) —
Fire officials are still investigating what started a massive fire Thursday afternoon that destroyed a Danville home.
What used to be about a 10,000 square foot house is now crumbled into pieces after fire crews spent more than ten hours battling the flames.
“I think everybody is just kind of a little numb and maybe a little bit of a shock,” the son of the homeowner, Murad Abbed said. “You never think something like this is going to happen to you."
A family of four lived in the home located in rural Danville on Clinton Road for more than 17 years.
"Nobody was here when the fire started,” Abbed said. “There was just kind of a mess for a while, we were trying to get a hold of each other, people were still trying to get a hold of us and everybody just wanted to make sure we knew what was going on.”
The fire started around 4 p.m. Thursday and fire crews battled the flames until 2:30 a.m. Friday.
"Our hose lines weren’t reaching the fire and there was so much debris,” Bismarck’s assistant fire chief, Jake Wright said. “We had to remove everything to kind of spread it out so we can get all the fire put out."
The family was not home and no injuries were reported.
"We were able to get back over here today and one of the things that hadn't got touched that much was our cabinet full of pictures throughout the years,” Abbed said.
The son is also holding on to a precious basketball that survived the flames.
"The basketball is my old county championship basketball at Bismark-Henning High School,” Abbed said. “My buddy Jake Wright at Bismark Fire pulled it out and called me and I said I’d be right there. It’s pretty cool a lot of peoples’ signatures are on here and they also got a hold of me and kind of sent their condolences.”
The fire is still under investigation and in the meantime, the family is staying with other family members in town. The family also said their two cats are still missing and they are not sure if they escaped.